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Soft Shell Crab !

Is it out there yet ? Fresh, not frozen. In a sandwich, on pasta, anything ???

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  1. There was a Soft Shell Crab appetizer on the menu at Porsena tonight. But they change their menu almost every day, so no guarantees...call and check (212) 228-4923.

    They are at 21 East Seventh Street, off 3rd Ave (Bowery), and one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. It's what I think of as authentic Italian - fresh ingredients, and usually not more than about seven ingredients in a dish.

    1. I always enjoy Noodletown in Chinatown

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      1. re: jfmirabella

        I'd love to know which places have soft shell crab that is sauteed until crispy but not coated in a heavy crust of batter.

        1. re: jfmirabella

          Had this for lunch today. Delicious!

        2. We had soft shell crab at Il Pesce at Eataly not too long ago. Very nice.

          1. or where you can buy it? i think i saw something saying they were available at Eataly last week. Not sure if that was/still is true..

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            1. re: TitoSofrito

              Saw them at the seafood counters of Eataly and Citarella this past weekend.

              1. re: TitoSofrito

                Aqua best in chinatown, i'm also fairly certain they do delivery.
                1 dozen for $36

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Do you know what size they are? That's half what Citarella's charging!

                  1. re: gavspen

                    Citarella caters to a very different clientele than Chinatown! lol

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      Well, yeah, but in this case they both cater to people wanting to buy soft shells ;-)

                      I'd certainly make the trip if they arent those little tiny ones.

                    2. re: gavspen

                      Dunno what size, worth a phone call. Or whatever, just eat more of them!

                2. Had a very nice soft shell crab app at Ssam Bar this week.

                  1. Great NY Noodletown makes great salt & pepper ones. Delicate and tasty. They were written up in the NY Times years ago.

                    1. Kanoyama has excellent soft-shell crabs

                      1. Had a delicious soft shell crab dish at Union Square Cafe today.

                        1. We saw too late that Old Shanghai had them. Salt and pepper style. Looked terrific and was a big helping (maybe 8 crabs?)

                          1. Maysville on 26th St. has a soft-shell crab appetizer on the menu these days that's pretty tasty.

                            1. Helpful thread - just wanted to note that some of these tips have been highlighted on the CHOW Blog ... http://www.chow.com/food-news/152386/... BTW I had Noodletown's last week - as good as ever.

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                              1. re: Mark Hokoda

                                I used to like Noodletown's soft shell crabs, but started finding them too salty a few years ago. How were they this time?

                                1. re: Pan

                                  Salt was not a problem, and I tend to undersalt when cooking, so I'm sensitive to that. (Logged on under my usual C'hound handle, not my Chow byline.)

                                1. Claudette has soft-shell crab apps. Pretty good but the jalapeno needs to deliver more heat.

                                  1. Cafe Hong Kong on Bayard street has a nice crispy salt and pepper soft shell crab too. Might not be on the regular menu, but the waiters will know it.